The 14degrees team is a new team. It is an ultra-light, ultra slick team. It has gone through some fairly major reforms over the past few days, along with a decent dose of sightseeing.I have replaced the cables and cable housings on the bike, cleaned the chain, and the big news is that I have removed the lowrider luggage carrier, along with the two panniers that used to hang off it.
I don’t know how on earth I managed to have enough stuff to fit into six separate bags, but I have done a major clean up, and now fit all my gear into only two and a half bags.
I have sent my tent home, replaced by a bivy bag. I have thrown out my water filter, some tools, the spare tyres, and have chopped my first aid kit in half.
I doubt if my luggage is now much more than 15kgs. I look forward to the slicker cycling.
I have also gotten rid of the facial fluff. I must have saved at least 30 grams there.
The original plan was to keep the fluff until England, but I had put up with it for 200 days, and that was quite enough. Going, going, gone!
Istanbul is an impressive place.